Unemployment rate

Proportion of economically active population that are unemployed

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployment rate measures the proportion of the economically active population that are out of work and activity seeking work. On this page, we provide data on the unemployment rate of the adult population – those aged 16 plus.

  • Between January and December 2019 (the most recent data), the North East unemployment rate was 5.6%  
  • This was above the England and England excluding London rates.
  • It was the second highest rate among the eight core city LEPs

The unemployment rate has decreased in the North East LEP area by 2.5 percentage points over the last five years. This was a larger percentage point decrease than England or England excluding London but only the sixth largest among the eight core city LEPs.

Unemployment rate (% of economically active adults), Jan-Dec 2019

Last updated:
22/04/2020
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated on 21 April 2020]

Data information: Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England



Unemployment rate, percentage point change Jan-Dec 14 to Jan-Dec 19

Last updated:
22/04/2020
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated on 21 April 2020]

Data information: Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England